Jim “Lucky” Elliott is the country boy next door – charismatic, handsome and charming. But when he has to drop out of vet school to try and rescue his grandparents’ Marietta-based sleigh ride business and family farm, Lucky faces his hardest struggle yet.
Podcaster Rachel O’Rourke is done with broken hearts, but she can still find joy in other people’s happily-ever-afters. When she holds a contest on her show for the best first kiss story, her bruised heart beats a little faster when she reads Lucky’s submission. He doesn’t have a story, but his grandparents do, and free advertising for the winner is just what he’s looking for.
As they start spending time on the farm, Rachel finds herself not only drawn to the sweet setting, but also to the man. But when a real estate developer sets his sights on the Elliott land, Lucky will have to decide if the money means security for his family, or if he’ll fight for Sleigh Bell with Rachel by his side.
Titles in The Elliotts of Montana include – Christmas at Sleigh Bell Farm –
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Title: Christmas at Sleigh Bell Farm
Series: The Elliots of Montana #1
Author: Kaylie Newell
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christmas Romance
Published: October 29, 2019
Publisher: Tule Publishing
My Rating: 4.5 stars
I can tell you immediately that CHRISTMAS AT SLEIGH BELL FARM is going onto my yearly re-read Christmas Romance list. That should be a good indicator of how much I loved Rachel and Lucky – add to that returning to my favorite fictional town of Marietta, Montana is just extra whipped cream on my hot chocolate feeling.
Come prepared to fall in love with a man who has a dream yet steps in to help his grandparents keep their family farm and business together. His dream may not have been what he’s trained for, but he still intends to go for it… one day. And perhaps that day is sooner than anyone thought. With a contest to tell the story of the best first kiss ever offering free advertising for the winner, well, Lucky’s grandparents have the most amazing first kiss story that should bring in that prize. His future was about to come to Marietta as Rachel arrives for her podcast. That tingling attraction between them is very real yet her caution about being heartbroken once again, and his commitments to his grandparents and his dream might slow their future down. Add in some adorable animals, grandparents who deserve their own love story told for they are amazing, sprinkle liberally with Christmas magic and you’ll find the type of romance that will pull you back into this world year after year.
I will devour stories, and return to the author that brings me realistic, believable, captivating romance – and Kaylie Newell’s CHRISTMAS AT SLEIGH BELL FARM does all of that and more. I am so looking forward to the next story in this series. Ready for some Christmas magic? Then you’ll find it here in Marietta with Rachel and Lucky. I had an excellent time in this world and would not hesitate to recommend this one for anyone who loves an emotional, believable romance any time of the year.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher, Tule Publishing. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*
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